Wednesday, May 15, 2013

It Was You by Anna Cruise ~ Review


*Due to adult themes and sexual content, this book is recommended for mature readers.*

Abby Sellers knows what she wants.

Enduring eighteen years in the shadow of her identical twin sister, Annika, she wants a fresh start. A chance to create her own life, separate from her conniving, deceptive twin.

Surprising both her family and friends, Abby ditches her plans for college and enrolls at a new school instead. There, she encounters West Montgomery, a sexy fellow student who immediately disarms her with his good looks and charm. West takes a liking to Abby and she suddenly finds herself walking a thin line, fabricating a fictional life created not by lies but by omission. She soon discovers West has secrets of his own, secrets that he's not altogether interested in sharing.

Out from under the shadow of her twin, Abby's life—and her relationship with West—blossoms. When Abby leaves town one weekend, something unthinkable happens and her relationship with West is shattered. Reeling from the discovery, Abby fears all of her plans have backfired and she's created a mess for both of them, a mess that no one can clean up.

But West isn't willing to let her go that easily. When he forces her to confront secrets they've both been hiding, Abby must decide more than if she's willing to forgive and forget. She must also decide just what kind of life she wants...and who she wants to live it with.


4.5 stars

Abby Sellers wants to be her own person. She's taken a backseat to her twin sister, Annika for 18 years and she's had enough. Enough of the hurt that her sister has caused her through the years. Annika is the wild one of the two. She's just plain mean and has always gone out of her way to cause Abby pain with her words and actions. Most of the time, it's with boys that Abby has shown an interest in. At the last minute, Abby decides that she doesn't want to attend the same college as her sister and changes to a local college. This surprises her parents. They aren't aware of what has gone on between their girls and just chock it up to sibling rivalry.

Abby meets West Montgomery while standing in line for registration at college. This was not a friendly first meeting, but you could feel the sparks fly and their attraction to each other. West has some baggage and anger issues during the story, but I'd take him anyway. Baggage and all. He's tender, sweet and see's Abby for the special girl she is and treats her like she needs to be treated. She's never felt this way before and she's loving every minute of it. And she also keeps him a secret from Annika. Abby also doesn't share with West that she even has a twin sister.

For this being Anna Cruise's debut novel, I truly loved how she formed Abby and West's connection and the ease with which the story flowed. The development of their relationship was right on. Nothing too fast. Just right. And adding the "evil" sister into the mix added to the drama of this book. I do not want to give any spoilers in this review because I want you to read it and enjoy it as much as I did.

I highly recommend you read this book, I look forward to reading more from this author!

ARC provided for an honest review. Review by Jessie L.

About the Author (From Amazon Author Page)

Anna Cruise has been writing and drooling over boys since middle school. Lots of years have passed but some things never change...

Her books include the best-seller IT WAS YOU (New Adult) and IF I FALL (Mature YA). Additional titles releasing in 2013 include several more New Adult novels, including a follow-up to Abby and West's story from IT WAS YOU.

Anna loves to hear from readers and authors. Email her at You can also like her Facebook page, find her on Twitter @AnnaCruiseBooks or friend her on Goodreads.

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